Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

Over 100 sculptures by the British artist Antony Gormley will be exhibited at the Forte Belvedere in Florence from April 26 to September 27.

From April 26 to September 27 more than 100 works of the British sculptor Antony Gormley will be on display at Forte Belvedere in Florence. The artist famous for his installations “Angel of the North”, “Field for the British Isles” and “Quantum Cloud” won the Turner prize in 1994 and was knighted in 2014. This interesting exhibit “Human” is curated by Sergio Risaliti and Arabella Natalini who note that the exhibition will occupy all sides of this 16th century fort, not only the inside rooms but also the ramparts, steps, and terraces. The sculptor’s career began at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1981 with a solo exhibition. Almost all of his work is based on the human body, with his own body used in many works as the basis for metal casts. His work attempts to treat the body not only as an object but also as a place, with sculptures that are not symbolic but indexical; a trace of a real event of a real body in time. When Gormely won the Turner Prize in 1994 for the “Field for the British Isles” he claims he was “embarrassed and guilty to have won – it’s like being a Holocaust survivor. In the moment of winning there is a sense the others have been diminished. I know artists who’ve been seriously knocked off their perches through disappointment.” Besides the UK, his sculpture has permanent display in Australia, Italy, Norway, USA, France, Austria, Netherlands and Germany.